Did you know that termite colonies can reach up to 1 million members? This past week our technicians were called to a West Des Moines home with a termite infestation. As you can see in the photo, the termites began to make shelter tubes - a sure sign that an infestation has begun and there is a colony on the premises. Shelter tubes allow the termites to make several trips a day to find food, such as wood pieces, and bring them back to the rest of the colony to consume.
Termite Behavior & Diet
Known as the 'silent destroyer,' termites can wreak havoc on a home when gone unnoticed. Termites are known to feed on trees, dead plants, as well as various wood materials. It is not uncommon for these pests to cause costly damage to home foundations, furniture, shelving and more.
There are various species of termites. The most common in Iowa are subterranean termites and drywood termites.
Subterranean termites can tolerate the cold. Therefore, it is not abnormal for homeowners to find this species all year round. These termites tend to build their colonies in loose, damp soil where they are able to create mud tunnels to access food sources.
Drywood termites are a versatile species of termites and are known for inhabiting the cellulose material that they consume. Most homeowners will find these pests in furniture, within the wood behind walls, etc.
How to Detect a Termite Infestation
One of the easiest ways to detect a termite infestation is when you begin to notice swarmers. Once a termite colony has matured, the termites will begin to take flight and look for a new place to make a colony. As for drywood termites, in particular, a lot of times homeowners will begin to notice their fecal pellets.
Des Moines Pest Control
Have you begun to notice signs of a termite infestation? Our leading team of technicians at Preferred Pest can help! Termites can cause severe damage to a home when not taken care of quickly and efficiently. For professional termite treatment, you can schedule an appointment online or give us a call at (515) 276-7277 today!